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Wednesday 14 January 2015

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala arrested for being an 'apologist for terroism'

French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been arrested for saying on Facebook that he felt like Paris gunman Charlie Coulibaly, who took and killed hostages at a Kosher supermarket. Dieudonné is being investigated for being an ‘apologist for terrorism’.

Monday 12 January 2015

Professor suspended for saying students should debate gay marriage

Pressure is mounting for Marquette University in Wisconsin, US, to reinstate a professor suspended for writing a pro-free-speech blog post. After Professor John McAdams discovered that the instructor of an ethics class had banned discussion of gay marriage, claiming that ‘everybody agrees on this’ and that any discussion on the matter would be ‘offensive’ to gay students, McAdams argued that banning particular topics from discussion had a corrosive effect on academic freedom and free speech. As a result, McAdams has now been suspended for almost a month pending an investigation. 

Monday 12 January 2015

Britain First leader prosecuted for wearing political uniform

Paul Golding, the leader of UK far-right group Britain First, has been found guilty of ‘wearing a political uniform signifying association with a political organisation’ at a court in Chelmsford, Essex. District judge David Woollard said: ‘It was a political stunt which was designed to further the cause of the party.’ In a video shared on Facebook, Golding pointed out that all political parties wear t-shirts and badges bearing their party’s symbols and colours, and yet they are never prosecuted. Golding was also found guilty of harassing a woman who is the sister-in-law of one of the alleged organisers of the 7/7 bombings in London.

Monday 12 January 2015

German newspaper attacked by arsonists for printing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

A newspaper in Germany has been attacked by arsonists after republishing controversial cartoons from Charlie Hebdo. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Hamburger Morgenpost ran a frontpage featuring a collage of Charlie Hebdo cartoons, including one of the Prophet Muhammad, with the headline: ‘This much freedom must be possible!’ On Sunday night, rocks and an incendiary device were thrown through the windows of the newspaper’s offices, causing damage to the newspaper’s archives. No one was harmed in the attack.

Friday 9 January 2015

Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for 'insulting Islam'

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has been condemned to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam. Badawi founded the Free Saudi Liberals website, an online forum for public debate.

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